We can all agree that winter is the best, right? Sure, summer, fall and mud season are great, but they really can’t compete. No other season lets you wear your entire closet, all at once, and always provides an excuse for being late. “I swear my car was stuck in a snow bank.” Here, in northern Vermont, we get snow…lots of it, and its cold—the kind of cold that will freeze your eyelids shut. Yet, despite the permanent brain freeze (and frozen pipes and feet), we really do love winter. Here’s why:
We love snow and everything that comes with it—snow days, snow men, snow angels, snow forts, snowballs, and hours of shoveling instead of the gym. Okay, maybe not that last part.
Our Neolithic ancestors relied on fur pelts to stay warm. Winter is the perfect excuse to throw away the razor, regardless of your gender.
Function Over Fashion
Winter means funny hats, face masks, fleece pants, big boots and even bigger down jackets. All those layers also make it easy to cover up the fact that you threw away your razor back in November.
No Need to Shower
Lots of layers also means that no one knows what’s going on underneath, and it’s hard to work up a stink when the thermometer doesn’t break zero for three weeks straight.
No Bugs in Your Ice Cream
With all the creepy crawling and flying insects headed south for the winter, you can safely enjoy your ice cream without any surprise toppings.
Less Yard Work
No mowing, gardening, leaf raking, house painting or wood chipping means more time for knitting, board games, organizing your stamp collection or watching an entire season of SNL re-runs in one sitting.
Since we’re in the ice cream business, it’s no surprise that we still enjoy a few scoops or an iced coffee when it’s sub-zero. But we also love hot cocoa, hot cider, hot soups and mac and cheese. Mmm, mac and cheese.
While you wipe that frozen drool off your cheek, consider that winter gives us the perfect excuse for embracing how uncoordinated we are. Shuffling like a penguin and gracefully falling on an icy sidewalk is almost an art form in these parts.
Always Having an Excuse for Being Late
Last but not least, endless excuses are winter’s greatest gift of all. Icy roads, a buried car, frozen door or dead battery are all perfectly acceptable excuses for being late…even if the truth is you just wanted to sleep in.